$3.75 Million CAGC Foundation Grant to Aid Contractors In North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Carolinas AGC is excited to announce the opening of the CAGC Foundation Grant to help contractors with coronavirus mitigation efforts in the construction workplace. The grant was one of many allocations to state and local government agencies and nonprofits named in HB 1105 that appropriated the remaining CARES funding for pandemic relief. CAGC’s lobbying team garnered the major legislative victory during a recent legislative session and developed grant guidance and an application for qualified businesses and organizations that have a business office in North Carolina. The grant application period is open through Wednesday, October 28th at 5:00pm, and grants will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible subgrantees. Funding must be spent by December 30, 2020.

The legislation stipulates that $3 million of the grant funds are to be awarded to construction businesses and non-profits that reside in North Carolina for staffing and equipment needed to screen and protect individuals in the workplace, the purchase of personal protective equipment for individual worker use while on a jobsite, rapid response testing kits, implementing computer or smartphone applications that enable workers to answer daily screening questions before reporting to the jobsite, purchase of jobsite sanitization equipment for use in disinfecting jobsites, mental health support, and other pandemic-related safety gear for construction workers. The remaining $750,000 will be awarded to media organizations or other entities that can provide multi-lingual education, training, and community outreach programs using various media to reach construction workers, including those who lack proficiency in the English language.

For more information, grant guidelines, eligibility and to complete the application, visit

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CT gets $400K grant to study improvements to Metro-North lines

Connecticut has received a $400,000 federal grant to study the financing of improvements to Metro-North Railroad’s Danbury and New Canaan lines, officials announced Thursday.

The Department of Transportation-funded study aims to determine whether a “regional value capture mechanism,” such as a Tax Increment Financing district or comparable structure, can be used on a regional, multi-jurisdictional level to generate the funds required to support improvements along those branch lines.

A range of options, including the potential extension of Metro-North service to towns such as Brookfield and New Milford, will be considered as part of the project.

“Improving Metro-North is essential for our economy and our environment,” said Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat whose district covers most of Fairfield County, said in a statement. “Without efficient public transportation, job creation is hindered and

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PVTA gets $680K federal grant to plan bus improvements

SRPINGFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will receive $680,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce travel times and create greater access to jobs for rural residents in Western Massachusetts.

The money will fund a transit review and improvement planning study, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday. That would include recommendations for improved transit services and facilities, new routes, modern fare collection systems and integrating low or no-emission buses.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the PVTA was transporting more than 10 million passengers a year on a 2019 budget of $39 million. For several months this year it provided essential trips only, and has slowly returned to running portions of its former service.

PVTA operates in Hampden and Hampshire counties, with major hubs in Springfield’s Union Station, in Holyoke and in and around the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced Wednesday 25 projects in 17 states sharing approximately $8.5 million in funding through the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) program.

“We are pleased to partner with these grant recipients to find new ways to help rural residents reach the jobs and critical services they need, particularly during the COVID-19 public health emergency,” Federal Transit Administration Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a news release.

All 25 HOPE projects are in federally designated Opportunity Zones, which were created to revitalize low-income and economically distressed communities using private investment. Additionally, 19 of the projects are located in or benefit rural areas, consistent with the department’s Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) initiative.

The Federal Transit Administration received eligible applications from applicants in 17 states totaling $11 million and evaluated project proposals based on criteria outlined in the HOPE Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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Tomball applying for grant for Matheson Park improvements

The city of Tomball is applying for a grant to improve Matheson Park and is asking the public what improvements they would like to see.

City council members unanimously approved of the grant application to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department during their Oct. 5 meeting.

“We were the recipient of a grant for Broussard Park that is now complete and open,” Tomball Public Works Director Beth Jones said. “We figure it’s time to tackle another project.”

The grant would go toward Matheson Park, one of the older parks in Tomball.

“It’s one of our parks in the middle of town and has some need for updating,” Jones said. “If we’re gonna pull it together we need to pull out all the stops.”

Jones said the city is conducting a survey to ask residents and local organizations like tennis and pickleball clubs to give their feedback on what additions they would like to see to the park and what gaps there are, and said the city staff had some ideas based on feedback as well. The survey asks residents how Matheson Park meets their needs for amenities like soccer fields, walking trails and picnic areas.

Broussard Park recently opened after receiving the same grant, which was used to help pay for amenities at the park like multiple soccer fields, a playground and walking trails.

Tied to the grant application, city council members also unanimously approved an ordinance preventing any drilling or mining at Matheson Park. Jones said she didn’t believe there was any drilling or mining going on at any of Tomball’s parks.

Anyone wanting to fill out the survey for Matheson Park can do so at

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Freeport Mayor’s View: City seeks home improvements grant – News – Rockford Register Star

As we rapidly approach the end of the construction season, the City is quickly working to wrap up a variety of infrastructure projects. We had a busy year executing infrastructure projects and approving additional work that will be completed over the next year and a half.

In the past few months alone, the City completed the $3 million Float Avenue infrastructure project, repaved Sunset Drive, Hurd Street, Boggess Street, as well as portions of Ottawa Avenue and Winneshiek Street. Anyone who has driven over Locust Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and Pleasant Street will appreciate the much-needed repairs that were conducted in the past week. We are also in the middle of milling the street and overlaying Highland Drive in its entirety and are planning on road repair on portions of South Demeter Drive before the weather, and leaf pickup season, prohibits us from further infrastructure improvement projects.

In addition to these water and sewer projects, the City also began utilizing our $2 million grant to replace lead service lines in the City. While all these projects can be an inconvenience to drivers attempting to navigate the construction zones, we appreciate the patience of the residents as this work is critical for upgrading our City’s infrastructure and improving our quality of life.

If you’ve driven along Burchard Avenue, you’ve no doubt noticed the long-term activity around the water tower, including a large drill. We are in the middle of drilling for our new water well #11. Once completed, this new well will allow us to draw water from the Mount Simon aquifer, which our testing has shown to have even higher quality water than provided by our other wells. Next year you’ll see construction on the water treatment plant that will be built adjacent to the well. Once operational, the well

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